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Mar 17, 2013 10:00am PDT
actions for the first 100 days of the papacy. they said this is an opportunity for significant change. >> we're a single issue group -- this sounds probably dreadfully self-serving to say, but we really do believe that there's nothing on the next pope's plate that's more pressing than the safety of the most vulnerable members of his flock. >> reporter: they said without new action, the abuse crisis will continue to widen around the world. >> because this is essentially like a cancer that's eating away at the very soul of the church, we believe, and unless the pope really takes quick strong moves to turn things around, the future, especially for children in the church looks very grim. >> reporter: other advocates hope for breakthroughs on their issues as well. as pilgrims were awaiting the sight of white smoke from the sistine chapel, a coalition of women's groups raised some pink smoke above the vatican. they called for an expansion of female leadership roles in the church, including ordination in to the priesthood. >> we would like to see some dialogue. pope john paul ii closed dialo
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Mar 3, 2013 10:00am PST
though in the united states there were a lot of changes going on in the '40s and '50s after the second world war, in worldwide catholicism these changes really hadn't occurred. and so in order to open up a window for the whole church, not just in modernized countries, this council was called. >> reporter: over the next three years, church leaders at the council produced 16 documents on a host of topics, from introducing local languages into the mass to expanding lay involvement and promoting more interfaith dialogue. one of the documents focused on religious life. it encouraged catholic sisters to reexamine their mission, their rules, even their style of dress. >reporter: many u.s. siers began mofyinor en eliminating the traditional habit. the clothing changes for prioresses of the dominican sisters in amityville, new york, were dramatic. >> she says vatican ii urged people to get out of the city. >> i think that's one of the great gifts of vatican ii, that it sent us back to study what the gospels were saying, and er and over again it was about feed the hungry, visit those in prison,
PBS
Mar 31, 2013 10:00am PDT
benefits and your survivor benefits change based on whether you are married or not, whether you get family medical leave to take care of your spouse depends on whether the federal government recognizes that your spouse is your "spouse." veterans benefits change, and yes, taxes change as well. >> reporter: the justices took their tentative vote in the cases friday but no formal decisions are expected until late june. and the possibility remains they could opt to dismiss one or both cases without any meaningful decision at all. >> tim, nobody can predict what the court will do but as you listened to the justices in the court, what was your sense of how they're leaning? >> reporter: it is perilous to predict a supreme court decision but in this case it seemed pretty clear that both of these propositions, both of these measures, proposition 8 and doma are in real trouble. i'd be surprised if either one of them is upheld. >> and if that is what the court does, then what is the future for gay marriage? >> reporter: ll, th da, it's very easy. the federal government can not deny marital benefits t
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Mar 24, 2013 10:00am PDT
francis will make changes on controversial policies such as allowing catholics to use birth control, allowing priests to marry and allowing women to become priests. >>> another major branch of christianity, the worldwide anglican communion, also has a new leader this week. on thursday, justin welby was enthroned as the 105th archbishop of canterbury. before the enthronement, in an exclusive interview with our managing editor kim lawton, welby spoke about his intention to promote reconciliation in the deeply divided anglican communion. >> in a ceremony filled with pomp and pageantry, justin welby was installed as the new spiritual leader to nearly 80 million anglicans around the world. the 57-year-old welby is a former oil company executive who became a priest in his mid-30s. he had been a bishop for just a year when he was chosen for the anglican communion's highest post. one of his toughest challenges may be helping the communion stay together amid profound differences over theology, gender and sexuality. the anglican body has more than 40 separate branches, including the church of
PBS
Mar 10, 2013 10:00am PDT
, as people are less involved in organized religion, then those relationships change. >> the religiously unaffiliated, often called "the nones," are about twice as likely to describe themselves as political liberals than as conservatives, and they strongly support legal abortion and same-sex marriage. in a breakdown by faith group, the religiously unaffiliated are now the largest constituency for democrats, outnumbering black protestants, white mainline protestants and white catholics. >> in 2008 about three quarters of religiously unaffiliated voters voted for barack obama over john mccain. this group, the religiously unaffiliated, was as heavily supportive of democrats and barack obama as evangelicals are of republicans and as they were of john mccain. >> although people of faith all together still make up the majority of the democratic coalition, for many years, the democrats battled a perception that they were not as friendly toward religion as the republicans. as director of faith outreach for the democratic national committee, reverend derrick harkins has been working to change tha
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